Narrator: This is Science Today.
Psychologist Lillian Cartwright of the University
of California, San Francisco has been studying a
group of women doctors for thirty years, since they
entered medical school. Today, one-third of those
high-achieving women are in poor health, and Cartwright
found they had several traits in common. One is
organizational ability -- women who were less organized
with their time as young women are in poorer health
now. Another factor is what Cartwright calls hostility.
Cartwright: The women who scored higher on hostility at age 24 were in poorer health. And none of these women are hostile in terms of mean nasty people.
Narrator: By hostility, Cartwright means more of a general world view.
Cartwright: So the women with higher hostility scores were more likely to see the world as cold and uninviting and as a consequence probably took less advantage of social support groups, perhaps were not as compliant with their own doctors advice in terms of their health.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Steve Tokar.